A long established family owned tour operator, Avalon Waterways serves over 500,000 passengers each year. Since its introduction in 2004, Avalon has launched one new-build each year, with 2014 seeing three introduced. As a small ship cruising company, Avalon has developed a unique cruise experience. The spaces are bigger, and now include 360 panoramic views for an epic viewing experience and the excursions are enrichment focussed and tailor-made.
All river cruise itineraries are designed to showcase a range of inspirational and exotic locations, both near and far-reaching, from the fairy tale castles of the Rhine to China’s dramatic Yangtze River.
As the world’s youngest fleet of river cruise ships, Avalon’s vessels have an average age of two years and feature a sleek, modern design and feel. All of the ships set the scene for a stunning cruising experience, with sun-decks, pools and the latest modern technology on board.
Avalon operates 16 ships for just European rivers alone and a further seven to traverse the worldwide rivers of the Amazon, Mekong, Galapagos and the Yangtze in China. With a wide range of itineraries stretching across the globe, there is a trip for even the most discerning of travellers.
All of Avalon’s staterooms are designed to be a home away from home, with plenty of comfort touches throughout. Nearly all the staterooms on board feature beds facing the windows, with the Panoramic and Royal suites also offering wall-to-wall windows, allowing for incredible and unparalleled sights of the river cruising.
All suites come with a wide range of facilities to cater for your every need. These include a private bathroom, hairdryer & premium bath products, spacious 3-door closets, a well-stocked minibar with complimentary bottled water, nightly turn-down service, Flat screen TV, in-room safe and complimentary bathrobes, slippers and Wi-Fi access.
Every meal is made part of the journey on an Avalon River Cruise, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner the very best of regional cuisine. Each cruise begins with Captain's reception, including complimentary sparkling wine and canapés and a five-course welcome dinner. Breakfast and lunch are both served in a buffet style with the option to order additional entrees. Dinner is an open seated affair with four or six-course meal options available catering to all dietary requirements.
Public spaces on board include a sky deck with comfortable lounge chairs and a Whirlpool, large indoor lounge, indoor club lounge and an outdoor seating area perfect for open-air sightseeing. You can also take advantage of the Fitness Centre, Library and Hair & Beauty Salon, for those relaxed pamper days on board.
Avalon also has a rich array of entertainment, featuring regional entertainment as part of the line’s Local Favourites program. Enjoy on ship culinary demonstration in France or Tai Chi and calligraphy lessons as you sail the Yangtze River in China.
Avalon Waterways offer a great selection of optional shore excursions, designed to help you personalise your cruise experience. All the tours provide you with the very best guides to lead you on engaging and immersive site seeing tours. You will also benefit from the use of audio equipment, allowing you to roam through some of Europe’s most famous landmarks without missing a word.
As well as site seeing tours, there is a range of shore excursions to meet everyone’s personal interests, from a visit to a French winery, guided bicycle tours or a classical music concert in the Heart of Vienna. Most of the excursions available are included in your river cruise fares.